Scott Walker thinks smaller government is better government

To accomplish that goal he wants to explode the state employee health plan by enrolling teachers across the state.

Do the campaigns not vet stuff like this? Egads!

Now Mr. Walker, if you’d like to take on the teachers union and mandate benefits equal to the public statas quo, hey, even I would consider voting for you. I’m not sure you’d live through that one, though.


  1. The Lorax says:

    I don’t think this is a bad idea. However, if the state ends up gutting their health plans, do districts get to opt out and go back to doing it on their own?

    If they’re allowed to leave the group at any time, I don’t have a problem with that. Then districts can save money and not lock their fate away to the state government.

    But is it smaller government…?

  2. BrkfldDad says:

    Interesting idea, but how is the state plan administered, with state employees or is it third party? I would think the additional members of the plan would allow for greater discounts. However the size of this plan must be large enough all ready in members, that additional discounts won’t be all that great. Initially it was quite intruigiung, until I noted the $250k/impact to an average school district, was hoping for a bigger nut.

  3. Lorax, you know I love ya’, but the fact that you don’t think this is a bad idea means it must be a bad idea. Dear boy, I’ve met liberal thinkers in my day and I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone as consistently to the left as you run.

    To a large extent, this issue is a non-starter. Most large districts are self funding by now and that keeps costs down. Perhaps it’s a go for the smaller districts, but it still swells state government – that area in which SW wants to rule. Back to the campaign thinking this through: don’t candidates usually try to transfer the crummy stuff out of their domain to make it look better?

    Bdad – $250k impact to the average school district but no accounting for the impact to the state budget which you also have the privilege of funding.

  4. Walker might have had more credibility on this plan if it wasn’t for the fact he introduced this idea, it was also announced that the Milwaukee County health care fund is in the red by $4.5 million.

    Is there one thing that he has promised that hasn’t done the exact opposite in his life long political career?

  5. The Lorax says:

    Guilty as charged–and seriously, you know no one more to the left?

    Like it or not, you’re the one living in a conservative city that can’t manage its schools, city, or development, while I live in a liberal community that has intelligent development, award-winning schools that aren’t deteriorating, and sustained value. But enough of that.

    I think the best thing to come out of this whole ploy by Walker is that it illustrates just how much MPS healthcare costs need to be cut. quite a bit.

    And 250k doesn’t seem like a lot, but that quite a few teachers every year. Or a new football field.

  6. Good point about a new football field!

    Elmbrook has award winning schools too. I’d venture a guess there’s some intelligence in the corners around here, but you score big time on the development point.

  7. The Lorax says:

    Which reminds me, did you catch the new Mexican place going in on Humbolt, Bel Air Cantina? Limte Tofu tacos has my mouth watering.

  8. I don’t do tofu unless it’s the last food on earth.